Program Director

Professor Len Unsworth

Literacy education from pre-school to matriculation; children’s and adolescent’s literature and literacy development; e-literature for children and adolescents; information and communication technology and literacies; multiliteracies; language and literacy in curriculum areas; systemic functional linguistics in literary and literacy research and education; functional grammar in school curriculum; genre theory; semiosis of explanation in education

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Professor Kathy Mills

Multimodality and multiliteracies; sensory literacies; digital and media practices; writing and literacies pedagogies; socio-cultural, socio-spatial, and socio-material literacy research; critical theory; big data, digital data, and online data

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Associate Professor Laura Scholes

evaluative reading and sourcing in the digital age; epistemic cognition for critical reading; development of children’s epistemic cognition; boys, masculinity, and reading; girls, femininity, and reading; masculinities and schooling; reading and social disadvantage; reading in science classrooms; qualitative, quantitative and mixed research design methodologies; survey design and analysis; interview research design and analysis; large scale longitudinal mixed method design; stimulated recall interview methods; scenario based interview methods; ethnography – early childhood and primary school settings

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Dr Michele Herrington

Research project management; development of morphophonological knowledge in literacy learning; relationship between gesture and other meaning-making systems in science classrooms

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